How many of us give a thought to the kind of kitchen sink - we buy, or what kind of material it is made up of, and which type is perfect for our cooking space. Kitchen sinks come in a variety of materials, and each one has its own attributes and use. Among the most popular of sinks, Stainless steel sinks are used by almost 70% of all homes. They are beautiful, low on maintenance and also cheaper compared to other types of materials. Some of their major characteristics include; Stainless steel sinks are inexpensive, although designer ones can cost as much as ceramic or stone. Their versatility ensures that they can be installed in a myriad different ways; undermount, top mount, etc. These sinks come in different gauges. Majority of the household kitchen sinks fall between 18 and 20 gauge range. Lower gauge steel is considered heavy while higher gauge is light. Conventional wisdom argues that the heavier gauge sinks are sturdier, but this may not always hold true. It has been observed that the gauge rarely affects the overall quality of the sink. However, heavier gauges are a bit more resistant to denting and have a better shelf life. Stainless steel sinks are noisier compared to other types of materials. These sinks scratch easily, and show water spots more obviously, making it difficult to keep them meticulously clean. Stainless steel is very resistant to heat and staining. Stone sinks are become increasingly popular and seeing a revival of sorts in modern Indian homes. Jack Healy, of Stone Sinks Online believes this to be a part of the larger design trend towards a rustic and old-world decor style. Believing utilitarian objects to be beautiful, stone epitomizes a great combination of form and functionality. Stone sinks can either be made of soapstone, granite, marble or limestone. These sinks are usually carved out of a single piece of stone, and can either be left in their natural rough state or be made smooth and evenly carved. Stone sinks can be carved out of the same countertop material to maintain uniformity and looks Whatever the design may be, these sinks require additional reinforcements built into the countertop and cabinets for support Soapstone and granite sinks don’t stain or etch easily and are also heat resistant. Marble sinks can stain but a good sealer can help prevent the same. Re-sealing has to be done at regular intervals.